Sippin' on Vino
No Better activity for the day after turning 21 than a classy Spanish wine tasting! It was such a lovely evening with some great new friends I've made and I really enjoyed all the wine I tried too! The evening began in the main wine room of La Bodega de los Reyes, where we socialized and looked at all the nice wines on the shelves before going downstairs to a cozy room with tables decorated with tapas and countless wine glasses. We all took our seats and were given a lovely white sparkling wine to sip on while we were taught about how to expertly taste wines. While the information session was going on we were served 3 different red wines. We began by learning that swirling the wine and observing the tears that fall down the sides of the glass can tell you a lot about the wine you're drinking. For example, the more "tears," the higher the alcohol content. Older wines generally have more alcohol. And the faster the "tears" fall down the class the more fluid the wine is. We then compared colors by tilting the glass and holding it against a white surface to see different shades of red and purple. Then we smelled the wine, which I never realized could actually be so interesting! The wine produces two distinct smells, before and then after being agitated. Since this was my first time really comparing wines side-by-side I didn't really know what different tastes to expect or how to distinguish them, but I liked all the wines I tried! The cheese plates were pretty enjoyable as well. We met some lovely girls from Germany and a few other Americans who knew friends of ours at Duke! It was a great way to experience the wine culture of Spain and I definitely want to try to go back!